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Guest conductor Robert Duerr leads the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus through Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” Saturday in the Amp.

Duerr, symphony, chorus afford Brahms’ ‘Requiem’ a special propulsion

Performing a work as complex and deeply felt as Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” is a major challenge, especially when the instrumental and vocal forces can combine for only a single rehearsal led by a conductor making his Chautauqua debut.

Yet those assembled forces brought it to vivid life. Having heard the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in Kleinhans Music Hall, there was little doubt about their prowess, especially in a work at the heart of their choral repertory. Baritone Tyler Duncan was also making his Chautauqua debut, with soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme a welcomed return guest.

Conductor Robert Duerr, a North Tonawanda native, minister, organist and founder of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, had led the chorus, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, last April. His extensive operatic assignments at the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera have enriched him with a special sense of drama — an attribute that afforded Brahms’ work the special propulsion it requires.

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus performs with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra last season in the Amp. Daily file photo.

Duerr, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus join CSO to perform Brahms’ mournful yet joyful 7-movement masterpiece

“It goes from where there is a profound grief, but then to comfort; from exile, to homeland; from weeping, to shouting; from despair, to hope; from suffering, to joy.”

It is even a feat for guest conductor Robert Duerr, musician and minister, to find so many words to capture Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem.”

Duerr will conduct the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the visiting Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and guest soloists Janice Chandler Eteme and Tyler Duncan for a performance of the Requiem at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater.

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The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs last season in the Amphitheater. Daily file photo

Symphony embarks on a second season under many batons

At 8:15 p.m. Saturday, June 30, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will begin its 84th season under the Amphitheater roof. For the second season in a row, the CSO will not be under the familiar baton of a music director.

The orchestra instead will welcome 17 guest conductors to the Amp, along with 15 guest soloists. The conductors, several of whom will be new to Chautauqua, will conduct classics from Beethoven to Wagner, with a sprinkling of pops, opera selections and several contemporary works.

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